Duane Lee Chapman Jr. is the second of 12 children born to Duane Lee Chapman, the American reality TV personality, bounty hunter, and former bail bondsman. Duane Jr. is currently 50 years old and works as a financial adviser after years of appearing in a TV series with his father and later as a bail bondsman.
Speaking of TV series, Duane Sr. gained international notoriety as a bounty hunter after orchestrating the capture of Andrew Luster, a sex offender, in 2002. In 2003, his courageous feat made him the focal point of the reality TV series Dog The Bounty Hunter, which ran from 2003 to 2012. Duane Jr. left the series in 2012 after several disagreements with his dad and late stepmother, Beth Chapman, over money. Inevitably, his departure, which happened over a decade ago, has triggered questions about what he has been up to since leaving the show. Read on to find out.
Duane Lee Chapman Jr. Was Born In 1973
Duane Lee Chapman Jr. is currently 50 years old. He was born on January 21, 1973, in Pampa, Texas, United States. He grew up in Colorado Springs, his birth sign is Aquarius, and he belongs to the Caucasian ethnic group.
Several sources have confirmed the fact that Duane Lee Chapman Jr. is the oldest of the two children famous bounty hunter and TV reality series personality Duane Chapman had with his first wife, La Fonda Sue Darnell née Honeycutt, a fact that indicates that Duane Jr. is the second oldest of the bounty hunter’s 12 children.
As previously stated, Duane Lee Chapman Jr. is one of the two children his father, Duane Sr., had from his first marriage to his ex-wife La Fonda Sue Darnell. Duane Jr.’s parents were reportedly married for five years, from 1972 to 1977. The reason for their divorce has yet to become evident, but we can confirm that they both went on to lead different lives.
He Has A Total of 13 Siblings
Duane Jr. has 13 siblings, one of whom he shares both parents with. His brother Leland Blane Chapman was born on December 14, 1976, well over three years after he was born, but his father, who has been married five more times since his marriage to La Fonda Sue ended, has ten more kids, including one adopted daughter.
Duane Jr.’s mother also has two children, Hannah Dawn Darnell and Britney Lee Darnell, from her marriage following the divorce from his father. These facts confirm that Duane Jr. has thirteen siblings in all, but twelve of them are from his parents’ other relationships. It is also important to establish the fact that two of the celebrity son’s half-siblings are no longer with us.
His half-brother, Zebadiah Duane Chapman, one of the three children from his father’s second marriage to Ann Tegnell, died in infancy. His other deceased half-sibling, Barbara Katie Chapman, a product of his father’s third marriage to Lyssa Rae “Big Lyssa” Brittain née Greene, also died at a very young age but was much older than Zebadiah, given that she died just a few weeks before her 24th birthday in 2006.
Duane Jr. has one adopted sibling named Cecily Barmore-Chapman, the daughter of his late stepmother Alice Elizabeth “Beth” Chapman (née Smith), whom she had from a previous marriage. Other than the late Zebadiah, Duane Jr.’s father’s second marriage to Tegnell also led to the birth of sons Wesley and James Robert Chapman.
In addition to the late Barbara Katie, Duane Jr.’s former stepmother Big Lyssa also bore two more kids, Tucker Dee and Lyssa Rae Chapman, for his father. Bonnie Joanne Chapman and Garry Chapman are also Duane Jr.’s half-siblings from his father’s marriage to the late Beth.
He also has an older half-sibling named Christopher Michael Hecht (born in 1972), who was born to his father’s ex-girlfriend, Debbie White, while he (Duane Sr.) was serving an 18-month prison sentence.
He Used To Be A Part Of His Father’s Reality TV Series
Not much is known about Duane Jr.’s formal educational background except for the fact that he has a high school diploma from Rampart High School. Nothing suggests that he has a college degree because he immediately began working at his dad’s company Da Kine Bail Bonds as a bail bondsman.
His public stock effectively rose following several appearances on the set of A&E’s reality TV series Dog the Bounty Hunter, which ran from 2003 to 2012.
The series, which had his father as the main star, served as a primary source of income for Duane Jr. for nearly a decade until he ended his association with the series in 2012 following clashes with his stepmother over money. He claimed he was being underpaid by her and overworked by his father.
Duane Chapman Jr. Now Runs His Own Bail Bondsman Business
After leaving the set of the reality TV series in 2012, Duane Jr. moved to Florida, where he set up his own bail bondsman business. Several reports claim he now works as a financial adviser to several companies and businesses in that area.
He Was Previously Married To Teresa Roybal
Duane Chapman Jr. used to be a married man. His marriage was to Teresa R. Roybal, whom he met in high school. They started dating in 1996 and later exchanged marital vows in 1999.
Unfortunately, despite the appearance of a happy marriage, they divorced for unknown reasons in 2008. The ex-couple did not have any children. However, Duane Jr. reportedly has a son named Dylan Chapman, currently in his late 20s, from a previous relationship.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Who Are Duane Lee Chapman Jr.’s Siblings?
Duane Lee Chapman Jr. has thirteen siblings, including a younger brother named Leland Blane Chapman. The rest are half-siblings, Christopher Michael Hecht, Hannah Dawn Darnell, Britney Lee Darnell, Zebadiah Duane Chapman (deceased), Barbara Katie Chapman (deceased), Cecily Barmore-Chapman (adopted), Wesley Chapman, James Robert Chapman, Tucker Dee, Lyssa Rae Chapman, Bonnie Joanne Chapman, and Garry Chapman.
What Happened To Duane Lee Chapman Jr.?
Duane Lee Chapman Jr. used to work with his father on his reality TV series Dog the Bounty Hunter but left in 2012 following disagreements over money. He now lives in Florida, where he works as a financial adviser.
Who Is Duane Lee Chapman Jr.’s Wife?
Duane Lee Chapman Jr. is not married at present. His first marriage to high school sweetheart Teresa R. Royal ended in 2008 after nearly a decade, having begun in 1999.
What Is Duane Lee Chapman Jr.’s Net Worth?
Duane Lee Chapman Jr. has an estimated net worth of over $1 million which is significantly lower than his father’s $6 million.
How Old Is Duane Lee Chapman Jr.?
Duane Lee Chapman Jr. is 50 years old. He was born in Pampa, Texas, United States, on January 21, 1973.